More than 150 motorcyclist and pedal cyclists take part in charity event Phil’s Ride to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett - Credit: Archant

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists turned out for a charity event to celebrate the life of a man from Southery.

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett - Credit: Archant

For the second year Phil's Ride - held in memory of Phil Beeton who died in an accident on the A10 in 2015 - attracted a large number of motorcyclists to ride the 100 mile round-trip from the Old White Bell, Southery, to Blakeney.

In an eye-catching spectacle, 20 members of a Hells Angels chapter joined around 60 motorbikes on the journey.

For those more suited to a push bike, there was a 23 mile route, which also left the Old White Bell, to the Heron Arms in Stowbridge.

More than 70 people took part.

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett - Credit: Archant


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Mr Beeton was a keen motorcyclist and Phil's Ride organiser David Fletcher said his friend would have loved the event.

'He would have been chuffed to bits,' said Mr Fletcher. 'It is not just having a ride, it is the fact people had come out to remember Phil.'

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Mr Fletcher, who took part in the motorcycle ride, added: 'The noise when the Hells Angels and the Harley-Davidsons turned up, it was just fabulous. A friend of Jane, Phil's partner, I think is the leader of a chapter.

'It was just an awesome sight to see all the riders in their high visibility jackets with Phil's Ride on the back.'

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett - Credit: Archant

The event raises money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). Mr Beeton's nephew Jack was also involved in the car accident and was flown to hospital by the air ambulance.

Last year the charity event raised £6,205. And although it will be a few weeks before a total is announced it is looking likely a similar total will be reached.

'The event was just absolutely cracking,' said Mr Fletcher, who is a photographer. 'In one of our donation buckets we emptied and it had more than £3,000 in it. We haven't counted all the tins and at the moment we have £5,200.

'I would like to think we will beat last year's total.'

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett

More than 150 cyclists and motorcyclists took part in Phil's Ride 2017. Picture: Andrew Bennett - Credit: Archant

Both the motorcyclists and cyclists arrived back at the Old White Bell at 4.30pm on Sunday to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.

Between August 22 and August 26 Mr Fletcher and a team of seven other riders, including Mr Beeton's stepdaughter Katie, also took on a 190 mile ride around the circumference of Norfolk, as part of Phil's Ride.

The team hope to complete it one day next year.

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